In a first, IS attacks Syrian town from Turkey

No immediate comment from Ankara; at least 17 jihadists killed following suicide bombing in Kobani

Smoke rises above from Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, on November 2, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/ Stringer)
Smoke rises above from Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, on November 2, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/ Stringer)

Dozens have been killed after a double suicide bombing attack by Islamic State extremists along the Turkish border with the Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobani, which has been under siege by the jihadist groups for months.

One of the attacks, according to reports, was launched from Turkey — a first in the ongoing siege. There was no immediate comment from Ankara.

Kurdish forces have been holding off the advances of the group, but the daily battles continue.

Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria’s powerful Kurdish Democratic Union Party, says Islamic State group militants in Turkey attacked the border crossing point that links the country to Kobani.

An unverified, unconfirmed video surfaced on YouTube purporting to show Islamic State jihadists operating from within Turkish territory.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Khalil said the offensive began with an armored vehicle suicide attack on the border crossing.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes broke out after the attacks, adding that the latest fighting has killed eight Kurdish fighters and 17 jihadis.

The Islamic State group launched its Kobani offensive in mid-September. The town later became the focus of airstrikes by the US-led coalition against the militants.

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